The A/C Guy of Tampa Bay Inc. Blog

Is It Time for New Air Conditioning Installation?

April 23rd, 2018

residential-ac-topFlorida summers are long and hot, and chances are you’ve already had to run your air conditioner more than once this year. If you have an older air conditioner that feels like it’s on its last legs, now is probably the best time to schedule the installation of a new system. Doing so lets you take advantage of the benefits of a new system–such as improved efficiency and reliable functioning–before the heat of the summer begins in earnest.

But how can you tell if your air conditioner is really ready to be replaced? Is your system in dire need of being put out to pasture? Or can you keep it running for another few years and get some more reliable use out of it? Ultimately, only you can properly answer that question. There are, however, a few guidelines to help you make up your mind on the status of an older air conditioner. They boil down to the cost of keeping the existing system against the cost of installing a new one.

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Always Jump on Air Conditioning Repairs Early

April 9th, 2018

residential-ac-topSpring has only just arrived, and we’re already looking at higher temperatures and regular use of your air conditioner. That’s only going to get worse as spring turns to summer, and soon enough, we’ll be running our air conditioners every day just to keep comfortable in the heat.

If there is a problem with your air conditioner, it is always better to spot it sooner rather than later. That tends to keep repair costs down, since the damage hasn’t had as much time to spread and gives you some flexibility in determining the best time to schedule repairs. (A breakdown in the summer usually means you have to reschedule your entire life and conduct repairs immediately.)

That means now is an excellent time to check your system for possible problems. No one should formally diagnose an air conditioning issue, much less attempt repairs (air conditioners contain potentially dangerous components like refrigerants, which require formal licensing to handle) unless they are professionals, but you don’t need to be an expert to spot the sign that something’s wrong.

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Cooling and Heating Tips During Mild Weather

March 26th, 2018

AC-technicians-repairWhen it’s hot outside, you know you need your air conditioning equipment in the best shape possible to get you through it. But when it’s neither too hot nor too cold, you probably don’t really think of your heating and cooling equipment at all. We think, however, that there is a lot that can and should be done for your heating and cooling equipment in mild weather.

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What Size Should Your Air Conditioner Be?

March 12th, 2018

high-efficiency-ac-unitAir conditioners in our area get quite a workout, so finding the right system for your home is extremely important. You want one that will keep you as cool as possible using as little energy as possible and that will last for a long time. Does that mean you should simply get the biggest system you can afford and hope for the best? Not quite…

In fact, an air conditioner that is too big for your home can run into a lot of problems, just like one that is too small. How do you know what size your air conditioner should be? Our experts are here to help, but consult a local technician in your area for more information.

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4 AC Repairs You Might Not Expect

February 26th, 2018

ac-inspection-repair“Does it just need more Freon?” is a question we hear quite frequently from our customers when the air conditioner is not working quite right. Yes, sometimes an air conditioner does need more refrigerant (the generic name for the chemical blend in your air conditioner). However, it’s usually much more than that, requiring sealing or a refrigerant leak—or a different problem altogether.

If your technician tells you that one of these 4 repairs is needed, you may be surprised. But it’s all too common for us!

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Why “SEER” Matters for Your AC Installation

February 12th, 2018

ac-unit-money-pileWhen shopping for nearly any electronic these days, you’ll find some kind of information about its energy efficiency as you compare products. Washing machines, TVs, and even landlines and fax machines may all carry the ENERGY STAR label, which shows that a system has met the energy requirements set forth by the EPA.

Air conditioners can also earn the ENERGY STAR label, but this only means that the system has met the minimum requirements to be considered “energy efficient.” If you live in Florida, you need more than the bare minimum. That’s why it’s so useful to look at the SEER.

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Common Problems with Florida Heaters

January 29th, 2018

took-box-and-toolsUnfortunately, air conditioning troubles are a part of life for many local residents—especially if your air conditioner is older than 10 years. We use our AC systems a lot in Florida, so breakdowns, while an annoyance, do not come as any particular surprise.

Your heater, on the other hand, probably does not see a lot of use over the years. That’s why it can be so surprising—even confusing—when a problem comes up with your heater. Despite the amount of use they get, however, our technicians will repair quite a few heaters this season. Find out what happens to Florida heating systems in today’s guide.

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An Air Conditioning Problem You May Not Expect

January 15th, 2018

technician-hand-vent-ac-filterWhen an air conditioner won’t work properly, people often assume what they know to be common air conditioning problems. They may ask us, “Does it just need more refrigerant?” Or, “Is the thermostat broken?” We should let you know, before we move on, that while refrigerant leaks are common, simply refilling the refrigerant is rarely a solution. You must seal the leaks, too.

Otherwise, the thermostat is rarely the problem when the air conditioner completely struggles to run as intended, and we must look to components inside the system. We may have to do a bit of detective work to determine what went wrong, and often we find it’s the same culprit: the air filter.

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Why Won’t Your Heater Turn On?

January 1st, 2018

cold-man-shiversIn Tampa, we don’t get a lot of use out of our heaters. For most of the year, the “heat” setting on the thermostat remains untouched, and our heating systems get a long rest. So when we do find ourselves in need of heating, it’s a big surprise if the unit won’t seem to kick on.

What’s wrong with your heating system? It could be a case of human error. Or, depending on the type of heater you have, you might have components that need replacement. Of course, an older heater might be in need of replacement—but a qualified company will always check for a possibility of repairs first and foremost. For more information about what may be going on, read further and then call our friendly team.

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Install Your Air Conditioner in the Off-Season!

December 18th, 2017

warm-couple-floorWinter is coming, and that doesn’t mean much when you live in the Tampa area. You can expect cooler weather, sure, but there are unpredictable moments when you may still want to use your air conditioner. Still, it gets a nice break during this season, which helps you to save energy—especially if you’ve got an older air conditioner that no longer runs efficiently.

But if this is the case, you may start to consider the benefits of replacing your older AC system with a high-efficiency unit. And the best time to do this is during the off-season, when “winter weather” hits and you don’t need the air conditioner throughout the day and night any longer.

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